Tokyo Olympics 2020: Tennis Event to See a Major Format Change

Published 07/21/2021, 5:19 AM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis Training – Ariake Tennis Park, Tokyo, Japan – July 20, 2021 Andy Murray of Britain during training REUTERS/Edgar Su


As the tennis world braces itself for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics 2020, players have begun settling in the Japanese capital. Superstars such as Novak Djokovic, Naomi Osaka, and the others have arrived for the Games that are scheduled to begin on July 23. 

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At this year’s edition, the Tokyo Olympics 2020 will see a change in the format of the hard-court tennis events. 

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis Training – Ariake Tennis Park, Tokyo, Japan – July 19, 2021 Naomi Osaka of Japan during training REUTERS/Hannah Mckay

Change in format at the Tokyo Olympics 2020 for men’s tennis 

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Players competing in all sections in the men’s category will have to fight it out in a best of three sets format in the gold medal match. Previously, the match would be played in a best of five sets format.

Similarly, in doubles, the gold medal match will be played in a best of three sets format. However, the final set will be played as a tiebreaker in which the team reaching 10 points first wins the contest. 

This year, there are many notable absentees. Players such as Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Serena Williams are a few big guns that have decided to skip the event; even Australian star Nick Kyrgios has withdrawn. 

The conditions are different this time at the Olympic Games. Players are locked in a bubble and have no access to meet athletes competing in their other sports; all these regulations are due to the effects of the global pandemic. 

Tennis player Novak Djokovic applauds after a news conference at the Belgrade Airport before traveling to Japan where he will represent Serbia at the Tokyo Olympics, in Belgrade, Serbia, July 20, 2021. REUTERS/Zorana Jevtic

In a positive development, we have two-time gold medalist Andy Murray who will represent Great Britain. In addition to that, the recently crowned Wimbledon champion Ashleigh Barty will attend the Games as well. 

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With the inauguration ceremony set to kick off the Olympics on July 23, fans are eager to see who dominates the tennis world in Tokyo.

Watch this story: Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Gael Monfils, and Others with the best shots at Wimbledon Championships 2021

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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